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Managing urban water resources in Sydney: integrating science with the role of local government policy, planning and implementation

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posted on 2022-03-28, 22:08 authored by Peter John Davies
This thesis examines the management of urban water resources in Sydney from a local government perspective. It describes and evaluates the assumptions and practices underpinning various aspects of urban water policy, planning, engineering and environmental management from an applied, practical perspective. The research and case studies comprising this thesis centre on the Ku-ring-gai local government area in northern Sydney, Australia, where I have been the sustainability and planning manager for almost 10 years. These case studies detail projects I have initiated and led, and showcase the multidisciplinary approach advocated for in this thesis.


Table of Contents

Introduction -- A brief history of urban water management in Sydney -- Policy and legislative frameworks for the management of urban riparian environments -- Condition and health of urban waterways in northern Sydney -- Chemistry of urban streams: impact of the urban drainage network on stream health -- Case studies in stormwater use: harvesting, water recycling and water sensitive urban design -- Community understanding of water reuse and recycling -- Discussion -- Conclusion.


Includes bibliographical references Thesis by publication.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


Thesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Dept. of Environment and Geography

Department, Centre or School

Department of Environment and Geography

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Mark Taylor

Additional Supervisor 1

Ian Wright


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New South Wales


1 online resource (xxxvi, 453 p.) col. ill., maps

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